The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

Doubleday Canada | February 24, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Kite Runner is rated 4.80952380952381 out of 5 by 22.
“I sat on a bench near a willow tree and watched a pair of kites soaring in the sky. I thought about something Rahim Khan said just before he hung up, almost as an afterthought, ‘There is a way to be good again.’”

Now in paperback, one of the year’s international literary sensations -- a shattering story of betrayal and redemption set in war-torn Afghanistan.

Amir and Hassan are childhood friends in the alleys and orchards of Kabul in the sunny days before the invasion of the Soviet army and Afghanistan’s decent into fanaticism. Both motherless, they grow up as close as brothers, but their fates, they know, are to be different. Amir’s father is a wealthy merchant; Hassan’s father is his manservant. Amir belongs to the ruling caste of Pashtuns, Hassan to the despised Hazaras.

This fragile idyll is broken by the mounting ethnic, religious, and political tensions that begin to tear Afghanistan apart. An unspeakable assault on Hassan by a gang of local boys tears the friends apart; Amir has witnessed his friend’s torment, but is too afraid to intercede. Plunged into self-loathing, Amir conspires to have Hassan and his father turned out of the household.

When the Soviets invade Afghanistan, Amir and his father flee to San Francisco, leaving Hassan and his father to a pitiless fate. Only years later will Amir have an opportunity to redeem himself by returning to Afghanistan to begin to repay the debt long owed to the man who should have been his brother.

Compelling, heartrending, and etched with details of a history never before told in fiction, The Kite Runner is a story of the ways in which we’re damned by our moral failures, and of the extravagant cost of redemption.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: February 24, 2009

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307371557

ISBN - 13: 9780307371553

Found in: Fiction and Literature
Like just about every booklover, books pile up on my night table waiting to be read: books with interesting jacket copy that catch my eye as I visit our stores, galleys of publisher faves and, of course, recommendations from friends who know I just can't resist a great story. This past weekend, I pulled out a book that somehow kept falling to the bottom of the stack and no doubt had been there for many months. In fact, when I checked the publication date - it was over a year. It is called The Kite Runner, and it is a total treasure. Set in Kabul and beginning just prior to the Russian invasion, The Kite Runner tells a heartbreaking story about the relationship between two boyhood friends who are as close as brothers, but just happen to be master and servant. Their relationship evolves over a tumultuous 40-year period and is forever marked by a moment in their youth when Amir, the privileged son, watches from a perch of safety while his friend and caregiver is brutally raped. You will find this story hard to put down and deeply moving.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning! I had no idea I would enjoy reading a book as much as I did with this one. Beautiful story...passionately written. I couldn't wait to finish it! A true portrait of love and loyalty as well as hate and betrayal. I can't wait to read more by this author.
Date published: 2015-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. The title of this review is an understatement. I swear this is the best book of all time. I would recommend this to anyone (mature enough) anytime. There's some mature content so I would say do not read to those 13 and under but for anyone older, definitely put in on your wishlist! The entire novel gets you emotional and the ending is absolutely superb! Everything becomes sad near the end but the author did an amazing job in wrapping up the book, leaving me in tears (literally, my entire family was staring at me lie I was a psycho). Anyway, simply amazing. None of the words I've used so far can describe how incredible this book is. I hate to say it, but it's better than the entire Harry Poter series (if only by a bit).
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Kite Runner This was a great book. It kept coming up in my recommended list. One of the best books I've read in a long time
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Kite Runner In depth insight into a culture so different from my European roots; yet both share extreme acts of cruelty caused by war. I am left feeling sad by what I read.
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My #1 book of all time This book is the best book I have ever read. It has remained my favourite book for 6 years now. A beautiful story about friendship and the human condition.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SHOCKINGLY WONDERFUL This was easily the best book I have ever read!! I loved it so much and would recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2015-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kite Runner loved the book. a insight to the traditions and prejudices within the Afganis themselves. A violent lot and a more passive one. Ethnic cleansing has been around for centuries, it is still apparent today!
Date published: 2015-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really well written Khaled Hosseini provides readers with a novel that has an amazing plot and a lot of suspense. Love this
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Kite Runner What a powerful story. One can understand the MIddle East and its people much easier. Could not put this book down. Am looking forward to Hosseini's next book!
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic story set in Afghanistan I'd heard about this book for years before reading it and could have kicked myself. It's wonderful. Reminded me of A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, both tragic and ultimately uplifting. Don't let it go unread.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderfully told story... This books goes to intense highs and extreme lows that can only be achieved by an incredible story and with amazing characters. I remember more than once putting the book down, taking a deep breath and saying "wow"...
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME It came to me very emotional and I ended up crying. But, this is a great story for you to understand what's happening out in real world.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Kite Runner Riveting exploration of a man's plight to redemption. I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! ★★★★☆ This book truly excellent. The only reason why it lost a star for me is because the ending kinda fizzled. 9-11 didn't really play any role in the story as I suspected it would have. It was merely a blip on the radar. All in all though I really enjoyed this story of dealing with your personal demons. Really well done.
Date published: 2014-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Houswife One of the best books I have ever read
Date published: 2014-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book This book is very good but grotest in some parts
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Suddenly I have a fascination with Afghanistan!
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! The best book I have ever read. I cried and was elated many times throughout the book. It gave me a whole new perspective on how I view people from different countries. I recommended the book to my mother, sister and niece. They all loved it as much as I.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! One of the most heart wrenching, but heart warming books I've ever read...went in to find all other Khaled Hosseini books to read!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Great read, the characters come to life.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I loved, loved, loved the artwork. The lovely colours did justice to an equally mosaic novel. Both are equally beautiful and magnificent.
Date published: 2012-08-07

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Kobo eBookThe Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: February 24, 2009

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307371557

ISBN - 13: 9780307371553

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“I sat on a bench near a willow tree and watched a pair of kites soaring in the sky. I thought about something Rahim Khan said just before he hung up, almost as an afterthought, ‘There is a way to be good again.’”

Now in paperback, one of the year’s international literary sensations -- a shattering story of betrayal and redemption set in war-torn Afghanistan.

Amir and Hassan are childhood friends in the alleys and orchards of Kabul in the sunny days before the invasion of the Soviet army and Afghanistan’s decent into fanaticism. Both motherless, they grow up as close as brothers, but their fates, they know, are to be different. Amir’s father is a wealthy merchant; Hassan’s father is his manservant. Amir belongs to the ruling caste of Pashtuns, Hassan to the despised Hazaras.

This fragile idyll is broken by the mounting ethnic, religious, and political tensions that begin to tear Afghanistan apart. An unspeakable assault on Hassan by a gang of local boys tears the friends apart; Amir has witnessed his friend’s torment, but is too afraid to intercede. Plunged into self-loathing, Amir conspires to have Hassan and his father turned out of the household.

When the Soviets invade Afghanistan, Amir and his father flee to San Francisco, leaving Hassan and his father to a pitiless fate. Only years later will Amir have an opportunity to redeem himself by returning to Afghanistan to begin to repay the debt long owed to the man who should have been his brother.

Compelling, heartrending, and etched with details of a history never before told in fiction, The Kite Runner is a story of the ways in which we’re damned by our moral failures, and of the extravagant cost of redemption.


From the Trade Paperback edition.